Innovation Capability – for the Workplace and Beyond (E/SI)

April 28, 2021 | 1:15 - 2:00

Track: Driving Innovation

Leading-edge employers are expanding their understanding of innovation beyond technology-driven and “hero-preneur” conceptions, to see employee-led workplace innovation as a key driver for thriving organizations. In higher education, we are just beginning to consider how we can develop capability for every learner to engage with innovation in the workplace (and in their other roles as community members and global citizens).

In this session we will highlight developments from three CICan member institutions. We will also invite others to join us in an informal cooperative innovation network, to explore how we can scale up opportunities to drive a more innovative workforce for Canada.

Vanier College: Vanier College recently introduced a college-wide Certificate in Creativity and Innovation, open to students from any college program as Major to complement their program Diploma. The course work is project-based and passion-driven, with students engaging their personal passions for innovation in any work domain.

Lethbridge College: We have included Innovation in our new Lethbridge College student core competencies, to recognize student accomplishment in investigating challenges and developing new ideas, methods, products and services (in both curricular and co-curricular contexts). Student can earn micro-credentials to demonstrate how they have been Involved, Engaged and Leaders in Innovation

Kwantlen Polytechnic University: KPU instructors developed proof-of-concept prototypes to engage learners with innovation opportunities in our own ‘workplace for learning’. Those prototypes have been extended in an Ontario partnership of academic and workplace leaders, a recent Understanding Workplace Innovation course and an emerging collaboration of colleges, polytechnics and universities for further development.

Session Speakers

Avery Rueb

Teacher and Coordinator, Creativity and Innovation College-wide Major

Vanier College

Erin Howard

Associate Dean - Centre for Teaching, Learning and Innovation

Lethbridge College

Thomas Carey

Executive-in-Residence for Teaching and Learning Innovation, British Columbia Association of Institutes and Universities

Kwantlen Polytechnic University

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